With 16 goals on the counter 8 days into the match, the match between KV Mechelen and OH Leuven looked promising, but expectations were not met in a lackluster first half. In a festival of bad passes, the odds can be calculated on one hand.
Goalkeepers Coucke and Cojocaru did not have to go to work, and VAR technology was busy. In the fifteenth minute, Ngwi’s goal was rightly disallowed for an earlier offside reason and immediately afterwards Tamari’s broken goal was met with the same fate. A goal not allowed, both teams had to make do with it.
Just before the break, it was a moment of beauty with Bana by Thorsteinsson at Vanlerberghe, but he then decided selfishly from an acute angle. KV Mechelen survived, though with a top player before the break when Da Cruz was disqualified after a reckless tackle.
Full second half with one lower leg. This sounded bad to KV Mechelen, but OH Leuven’s weakness failed to exploit the numerical majority. Due to misconduct by some fans, the match was stopped for a while and the referee also sent KVM coach Danny Puigs to the stands with two yellow cards.
In the Dragon match, there were no chances. KV Mechelen eloped in the final when substitute Bates knocked out Gonzalez in the 16th minute. OHL claimed a penalty unsuccessfully.
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